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The Evolution of the Computer Keyboard 201

Posted by Soulskill
from the descent-by-natural-hunt-and-peck dept.
Lucas123 writes "As anyone who's typed on a virtual keyboard — or yelled at a voice-control app like Siri — can attest, no current text input holds a candle to a traditional computer keyboard. From the reed switch keyboards of the early '70s to the buckling spring key mechanism that drove IBM's popular PC keyboards for years to ThinTouch technology that will have about half the travel of a MacBook Air's keys, the technology that drove data entry for decades isn't likely to go anywhere anytime soon. This article takes a look back on five decades of keyboard development and where it's likely to go in the future."
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The Evolution of the Computer Keyboard

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  • Re:qwerty (Score:5, Informative)

    by h4rr4r (612664) on Friday November 02, 2012 @01:17PM (#41854839)

    Have you read it?

    It was designed to keep the arms the made the most commonly used letters apart, not to slow anyone down.

  • Re:qwerty (Score:5, Informative)

    by Attila Dimedici (1036002) on Friday November 02, 2012 @01:23PM (#41854915)
    You obviously did not read the whole article, because after he says all that he adds the following after someone sent him an article challenging what you quoted:

    Baloney, say the authors of the article you enclose, S.J. Liebowitz and Stephen Margolis. They point out that (1) the research demonstrating the superiority of the Dvorak keyboard is sparse and methodologically suspect; (2) a sizable body of work suggests that in fact the Dvorak offers little practical advantage over the QWERTY; (3) at least one study indicates that placing commonly used keys far apart, as with the QWERTY, actually speeds typing, since you frequently alternate hands; and (4) the QWERTY keyboard did not become a standard overnight but beat out several competing keyboards over a period of years. Thus it may be fairly said to represent the considered choice of the marketplace. It saddens me to know I helped to perpetuate the myth of Dvorak superiority, but I will sleep better at night knowing I have rectified matters at last.

  • They are still made (Score:5, Informative)

    by sirwired (27582) on Friday November 02, 2012 @01:29PM (#41854973)

    A company called Unicomp still makes the Model M. They purchased the original tooling from IBM/Lexmark and make the keyboards in Lexington, Kentucky.

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